The John Ireland Prize – Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff
Director of the John Ireland, Trust David Wordsworth, pianist and Ireland champion, pianist Mark Bebbington, together with Kevin Price (Head of Music, Performance at the RWCMD) were the adjudicators for this Covid delayed competition.
The interest from students was such that there had to be a ‘pre-competition competition’, so that the best of the entries could be heard in one evening. The standard of performance was extremely high and the adjudicators made the following awards –
Rosa Sparks – soprano
Lucy Merrett- piano
For performances of Ireland’s short cycle ‘Mother & Child’, together with other selected songs.
Chamber Music Prize
Elliot Kempton – violin
Tabitha Selley – cello
Christos Balesntravos – piano
For a performance of Ireland’s ‘Phantasie Trio in A minor’